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Aquantia introduces multi-gig automotive Ethernet products for autonomous vehicles; working with NVIDIA DRIVE

Aquantia Corp. introduced a suite of products targeted at autonomous vehicle platforms; the company also announced a collaboration with NVIDIA to provide Multi-Gig networking support for the NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier and DRIVE Pegasus platforms. These high-performance computing platforms featuring Aquantia Multi-Gig networking will be available to automotive partners starting in the first quarter of 2018.

The number one feature for self-driving vehicles is safety. Vehicle sensors and cameras collect huge amounts of data that need instant processing to allow the vehicle to make critical decisions that ensure the safety of the driver, passengers, and anyone else sharing the road. Moving data between the sensors and the compute nodes within the In-Vehicle Network (IVN) requires Multi-Gig capabilities to deliver a safe and secure driving experience.

—Faraj Aalaei, Chairman and CEO of Aquantia Corp

The AQcelerate Automotive product line includes the following high-performance networking devices, which all support data rates up to 10GbE:

  • AQV107 Multi-Gig PHY
  • AQVC107 PCIe Multi-Gig MAC+PHY Ethernet controller
  • AQVC100 PCIe Multi-Gig controller (MAC only)

AQcelerate PHYs are based on Aquantia’s industry-proven AQrate PHY technology which has shipped more than ten million ports into the Data Center and Enterprise Infrastructure markets.

Aquantia AQcelerate Automotive Ethernet controllers implement the necessary electronic circuitry to communicate among the GPUs/CPUs, switches and ECUs that are part of the In-Vehicle Network (IVN) for autonomous vehicles. All AQcelerate controllers are based on Aquantia’s awarding winning Ethernet controller technology. These controllers are available as MAC and PHY in one package or as a standalone Ethernet MAC. By having both options the system designer has the flexibility to either place the GPU/CPU and switch on a single board for chip-to-chip communication within the IVN or to have those components connect via Automotive cable – for board to board communication.

Earlier this month, Aquantia also announced a collaboration with Molex on a 10 Gbps Automotive Ethernet Network at CES. This week, Aquantia will demonstrate these new products at the Automotive Ethernet Congress in Munich.

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